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Posted: July 2, 2022

Show your appreciation of Canada’s lakes

Cheryl Lydynuik Upper Joffre Lake BC, 2022 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge entry

What is summer in Canada without beautiful freshwater lakes? July is Lakes Appreciation Month and Living Lakes Canada is inviting individuals across the country to show they love their lake by getting involved in the second annual Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge.

The photo challenge is a celebration of the beauty of Canada’s two million lakes while also raising awareness around what’s threatening their incredible biodiversity. Have a lake you love? Snap a pic and show us!

Until July 31, lake photos can be entered online in three different categories: Most Biodiverse (plants and wildlife); Most Impacted (pollution, wildfire smoke, etc.) and a Kids Category for children 12 and under.

Submit your photo(s) using the online submission form at or by email to [email protected], or tag your photo(s) on social media using #LakeBlitzPhoto. All photos entered into the contest are displayed in an online gallery found at with weekly highlights shared on Living Lakes Canada’s social media channels.

Want to get involved but don’t have any photos to share? Then help choose a Public Favourite in each photo category. Visit the online gallery and select your top three photos — as more photos come in, you can easily change your vote.

Prizes from Kicking Horse Coffee, Lush Cosmetics and DAVIDsTEA will go out to the three Public Favourite winners and to three Judges’ Favourite winners as well. Winners in the 12 and under categories will receive age-appropriate prizes that inspire curiosity of the natural world.

The Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge is the sister event to the National Lake Blitz. For the 2022 Lake Blitz, 340 community volunteers from coast to coast are monitoring their favourite lake(s) with easy-to-use tools to help track climate change impacts.

The Photo Challenge and Lake Blitz are made possible thanks to funding from the RBC Tech for Nature grant.

To learn more and to get involved, visit

Catherine Belshaw Hardy Lake ON, 2022 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge entry

Lead image: Calvin Dickson Bow Lake AB, 2022 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge entry. Photos submitted

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